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Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Matt Pettifer and Jared Allen of Triple Vision Playing Cards



Created by the team at One Widow Playing Cards, Triple Vision is a custom deck of playing cards currently funding on Kickstarter. The unique design was inspired by classic 3D comics and the occasional 3D promotions on the sides of old-school cereal boxes. Both of which requires the classic anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D glasses, which is included when you pledge for a deck.

Fully custom, this deck features 3D illustrated custom Faces, Courts, Aces and Jokers. The 3D illustrations will look great with\without 3D glasses. Also, the eye-catching 2-colour back design accentuate card flourishes and will appeal to cardists!
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We had the opportunity to chat with Matt Pettifer and Jared Allen about the Triple Vision Playing Cards project, it's inspiration & design process and the future of One Widow Playing Cards.

For those of us who don't know, tell us a little about yourself and One Widow Playing Cards?
Matt: Well, for a start one widow consists of two people, myself and my buddy Jared. I grew up with a fascination for playing cards as a kid. My family would regularly spend Christmas with the Grandparents which would always include games of cards in the evening and the occasional magic show from my Grandpa. My favourite moments were when he'd take me to one side, away from everyone else, and secretly show me gambling tricks he'd picked up in the army - ├ČAnyone want to play find the queen for $20?├«. Jumping ahead a few years, I became a graphic designer by trade and, as my love for playing cards had never waned, I started one widow. Re-designing playing cards - Duh! It was clearly meant to be.


Jared: I have always been a tech guy, started programming when I was 15 you could always find me in front of a Nintendo or PC. From there I have always liked working on games and that brought me to the world of online poker and other card games. That is really the start of my interest in playing cards and when I met Matt and got to team up on one widow. It has been a great chance to dive deeper into the world of playing cards, the designs, cardistry and the talented people that make up the community.

Can you describe the Triple Vision Playing Cards and why you're passionate about it?
The Triple Vision deck was born from growing up with a love for 3D comics and the 3D promotions you'd occasionally get on the sides of cereal boxes - both of which you'd need the classic anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D glasses. These childhood memories inspired us to design a set of playing cards that not only had a unique look for people who wanted to perform with something a little different (like cardists and magicians for example). But, also had an edge that would appeal to collectors.

This is your first playing card project on Kickstarter. Why Kickstarter?
Back when we designed and produced our previous three decks, Kickstarter was just emerging as a new way to reach the playing card community. Seeing it grow over the last few years and the number of really unique designs and strong support from the backers just makes it such an amazing environment for the playing card community. It's such a strong and passionate digital space that's been created by designers and collectors alike. To go anywhere else just seems crazy.

By funding triple vision playing cards on kickstarter we hope to grow our audience and engage with the community in a way that just wasn't possible before. We love getting input and comments about our designs and look to incorporate the depth of knowledge that exists in the community. In the end, we want to make great playing cards that are unique and stand out.


Walk us through the process you took to design Triple Vision. How did you approach this project and get to this finished product?
Once we were certain we were going all in there were two things that had to be checked off the list. 1. Could we pull it off? And 2. How would they look? So, we didn't mess around and went at these simultaneously. We knew already that this wasn't a project to half-ass.

Whilst we were researching 3D comics and 3D illustration styles, we were also studying them. How they were constructed was of great interest because it wasn't just about what actually worked technically, it was also about what looked the best too.

We ended up bouncing back and forth between two designs - one that was comic book inspired, the other a geometric take on classic playing cards. Rather than duke it out or flip a coin to pick a winner we decided to do both. That being said, we thought our 'comic-book-esque' design would be the right deck to launch our kickstarter campaign. It's hard to explain why, it just felt right. And our second design Well, you'll just have to wait and see as we'll be sharing that soon.

What was your most brilliant breakthrough when designing the deck?
We struck gold when we created a post about a comic we'd come across called "Madman In Your Face 3D Special". Christian LeBlanc, the man responsible for all the 3D artwork conversions in this comic, dropped us a line after seeing it. We couldn't believe our luck. He was awesome and shared so much with us.


What's next for One Widow Playing Cards? Are you planning to release more playing card decks in the future?
Absolutely. We have some ideas we're playing around with right now and will be definitely be launching new deck in 2016.

Finally, what are your favourite playing card decks?
We really like the Virtuoso decks and the recent Joker and the Thief deck, the level of detail and the overall design makes a great deck. Also the decks from Jackson Robinson have a special place in our collection.

Thank you for your time guys! At the time of writing, the project is only 49% funded with only 21 days to go. If want to support Triple Vision Playing Cards, you can find it on Kickstarter here. 


Pledge starts from $12 and Triple Vision Playing Cards will be printed by the famous USPCC. Add-ons such as uncut sheets, T-Shirts and signed posters are available.

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